Saturday, June 29, 2013

Floating radiance

Enchanted forest,
bejeweled nature sparkles -
golden beads of light.


Luminous soft grass
beckons the dreamer to stroll;
floating radiance.


This post is shared with Haikuheights and the prompt is FIREFLY

Pictures are from Google images

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Sweet nothings murmured,
hearts skip beat in unison-
passionate embrace.


Coos, chirps blend with tweets;
bird song symphony fills air-
Opera at dawn.

Man's greed hits zenith,
distraught earth cries out for help-
deaf and blind mankind.


This post is shared with Haikuheights and the prompt is CRESCENDO

Friday, June 21, 2013

Lunch break

  Bell rings, hordes troop out,
laughter, chatter and some food shared too
lunch breaks mean fun time. 

Stemming school dropouts,
nothing motivates like food-
free midday meals help.

World famished for time;
unhealthy mix of food, work-
meeting over lunch.


This post is shared with Haikuheights and the prompt is LUNCH

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


 Random letters swirl,
unbreakable secret codes-
fabled enigma.
Scattered jigsaw blocks,
clock ticks, can we ever solve?
Puzzle of lifetime.
This post is shared with Haikuheights and the prompt is ENIGMA

Pictures are from Google images

Friday, June 14, 2013

A mother's worry.

The white serrated fence seemed to smile back at her as she unlatched the rusty little gate. She felt blessed to hear the innocent chuckles greet her as she stepped into her home. How much longer could she shelter her young ones from the evil plaguing the world? She hoped her upbringing would empower them.

This post is shared with 3WW and the words for this week are Chuckle, Evil and Serrated.


Ripple effect.

Mere sight of loved one -
waves of ecstasy wash heart;
eyes glisten with joy.

One act of kindness -
wheel of fortune in motion;
good you do returns.


This post is shared with Haikuheights and the prompt is RIPPLES

Pictures are from Google images

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Times change, not ethos;
chivalry across all ages :
respect womanhood.

This post is shared with Haikuheights and the prompt is CHIVALRY

Friday, June 7, 2013

Moral stories

Bedtime stories for
children, with lessons of life :
Panchatantra tales.

Trial by the fire,
ensures sift of truth from dirt;
true virtue shines through.


This post is shared with Haikuheights and the prompt is MORAL

Pictures are from Google images

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What's in a name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet." says Juliet in Shakespeare's cult play Romeo and Juliet. But a name has a lot more to it than just a bunch of letters strung together. It conveys a lot about the person or place it is used to identify, many a time conjuring up vivid mental creations that may be over-imaginative. In case you are wondering what stirred this strange thought in my mind, it is the names of the streets here in US of A.
Back in India we have a tradition of naming roads after prominent personalities like Nehru Road or Kalidasa Road, or after the area through which the road passes a la "Station Road" or XYZ layout main road. Why even a village that might not even have a properly asphalted road boasts of a Mahatma Gandhi Road i.e., MG Road. There are a few roads that have been named differently too, for example in Bangalore, you have a Margosa Road which ideally should have had rows of Neem(Margosa) trees but has Mahagony trees instead, a Sampige Road that is now shorn of trees at most places but the ones remaining are not all of the Champak variety unlike the name of the road,  there is even a Coconut Avenue in the same neighborhood that has a fair share of coconut trees but then so do many other roads. To this day I wonder why those streets were named so. Most of the localities generally  have numbered streets or crosses.

Here in the US I have come across interesting names of streets and lanes apart from the traditional pattern of  prominent personalities and numbers. So in addition to the normal Jefferson Street, Lincoln Avenue you have streets with the Greek alphabets like Alpha Street, Beta street. Then there is a stretch in the downtown where from A to W you have streets that have names of trees from Ash, Beech, Cedar, Date, Elm, Fir, Grape, Hawthorn, Ivy, Juniper, Kalmia, Laurel, Maple, Nutmeg, Olive, Palm, Quince, Redwood, Spruce, Thorn all the way till Walnut. Now that is one true concrete jungle!!

If you want to move from forest to garden, head to the Mission Bay beach, where you'll find a bunch of drives. The bouquet boasts of flowers from Astor, Begonia, Camelia, Daffodil, Elysium, Fuchsia, Gardenia, Hibiscus, Iris, Jasmine, Kerria, Lilac, Marigold, Narcissus and Rose followed Tulip. For a touch of dazzle, head to the pacific beach area and you'll find streets named Agate, Beryl, Diamond, Emerald, Garnet, Opal, Pearl, Sapphire, Turquoise and a Crystal Drive to top it off.

How about a tryst with the stars and planets? You can take your pick from Aries Road, Taurus Place, Gemini Avenue, Leo Street, Virgo Place, Libra Drive, Scorpius Way, Capricorn Way,  Sagittarius Road,  Aquarius Drive, Pisces Way for the astrologically inclined and for the astronomical ones you have Satellite Boulevard, Polaris Drive, Orion Way, Centaurus Way, Andromeda Road, Morning Star Drive, streets named after Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the like.

Bookworms would be thrilled to know they could saunter down  streets named after renowned authors like Browning, Homer, Voltaire, Tennyson, Poe, Shaw, Keats, Hugo, Byron, Dickens, Emerson and ilk. The area around the University has Expedition Way, Discovery Way and even a Scholars Road. And guess what there is an India Street and even a Bangalore Lane here in San-Diego that make me feel at home :)

Dreamers and lovebirds might fancy a stroll along Echo Lane, Reflection Drive, Sunny Meadow Street, Sunrise Street, Sunset Avenue, Moonlight Lane, Candlelight Drive, Hidden Valley Road , Rainbow Street or Starlight Drive. The dreamer in me revels in the walks along Crystal Dawn Lane and Golden Haven Drive in my neighborhood. This walk certainly feels different from a walk on 15th Cross or 7th Main Road and so there's a lot in the name I say :)

Pictures are from Google images

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Secrets in stone.

Dreary piece of rock;
kiss of metal carves it to life-
sculpted poetry.

Barren looking rock;
chisel sings, hammer dances-
hidden gems unearthed.


This post is shared with Haikuheights and the prompt is STONE